Charles Frederick Abene
United States Marine Corps
Bloomfield, New Jersey
November 18, 1930 to November 19, 1968
CHARLES F ABENE is on the Wall at Panel W38, Line 9

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Charles F Abene
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20 Jun 2003

I knew Captain Abene when growing up in Hitchcock, Texas. I was good friends with his daughter Linda. I remember the first time I saw Captain Abene in his dress blues. He truly looked the part of a Marine.

When he received orders to go to Vietnam, the family moved back to Bloomfield, Va. Some of our friends stayed in touch with Linda and passed on news to us about Captain Abene and his tour. I remember to this day when we received news that he had been killed in action. This was the second person I knew that had been killed in Vietnam and not the last. I saw Linda, her Mom and brother Chuck in 1971. I was in Virgina on my way to Vietnam.

Captain Abene, thank you for your service and giving the ultimate sacrifice for our country. I think of you and your family often and hope and pray that they have fond memories of you.

From a friend,
Tim Cook

27 Sep 2004

Semper Fi, Captain Charles F. Abene

It was an honor to serve with you, and the man I got to know in your final hours will always be part of my memories. It was on the eve of your final birthday, that it was you that gave me a special gift, and I thank you for it! You were monumental in saving my life, and I will always see you as my hero! God Bless you and keep you Captain, and I'll see you on the other side!

Respectfully from a USMC Brother in combat and friend till the end,
Dennis R. DiPentino
USMC Vietnam 68/69
1260 York St #210, Denver, Co 80206

23 May 2007

I first met Captain Abene when reporting for duty as the Navy Chief Hospital Corpsman, MCRTC, Galveston, Texas. He was great guy and had a terrific family. They helped us find a place to stay in Hitchcock and get us settled in. At that time he was a sergeant and received his commission while at the MCRTC. He shipped out to Vietnam shortly after receiving his commission. It was a terrible shock to hear of his death. I heard he was writing a letter home when shrapnel came through his tent and killed him. I too think of him often. He was a great guy.

From a friend,
Billy Lambert
E-mail address is not available.


Charles F. Abene,
Captain of Marines,
veteran of Korea and Vietnam,
rests in Section 2, Arlington National Cemetery,
among other men of honor and integrity.

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